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Schmuck: Orioles' strikeout record in Houston could be evidence of a larger problem

Schmuck: Orioles' strikeout record in Houston could be evidence of a larger problem

It is entirely understandable that the Orioles would like to write off their mortifying three-game series in Houston as some kind of strange anomaly that isn’t going to follow them around the major leagues for the rest of this season.

Of course, it certainly was a strange anomaly. When you strike out more during one three-game series than any other big league team in, well, forever, that’s a highly unusual occurrence. It’s so unusual, in fact, that it cannot simply be written off as some kind of team-wide temporary insanity.

The Orioles proved in Houston that they are not only vulnerable to a good curveball, which would not be that unusual. They proved that...

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